PRINCE MADOG DISCOVERER OF AMERICA: A LEGENDARY STORY. London: Elliot Stock, n.d. [1909]. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-14 [15-16] 17-222 [223-224: publisher and printer's imprints], three inserted plates with illustrations by A. S. Boyd, title page printed in red and black, original Japan vellum shelf back and green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition. According to folklore, Madog, a Welsh prince, sailed to America in 1170, over three hundred years before Christopher Columbus's voyage in 1492. "This volume is founded upon the Chronicle of Madog of Gwynedd -- a Welsh tale taken from the manuscripts of the Abbeys of Strata Florida and Conway … Even as early as 1477, Sir Meredyth ap Rhys wrote a poem eulogizing Madog’s expedition which discovered the New World according to the Welsh accounts. In fact, the present tribe of American Indians known as the Madagwys or Doags, of fair complexion and using a language akin to Welsh, aver that their progenitors came from Gwynedd … Out of such a mythological background has the author reproduced a fascinating story, doubtless vitalizing the spirit of ante-Columbian times. Artistically are stirring incidents interwoven with historical threats until one finds himself living in the romances of antiquity." - The Magazine of History, with Notes and Queries, November 1910, volume 12, number 5, p. 301. Bleiler (1978), p. 55. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot 328. Not in Reginald (1978; 1992). Japan vellum just a bit spotted, a very good copy. (#164400).

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